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TIFF11: “Twixt” is The Worst Thing to Happen to 3D in Years

TIFF11: "Twixt" is The Worst Thing to Happen to 3D in Years

The modern, mainstream 3D craze has been fighting for years to be treated as something more than just a Hollywood gimmick. And now that revered filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg are working with the format, it would seem there is at last reason to accept its standing and staying power, not to mention its potential. But then comes along Francis Ford Coppola, another director of the same generation and prestige, who has made a movie that blatantly treats 3D as a silly plaything. Never mind post-production conversion atrocities, “Twixt” is the worst thing for the format in years.

Haters of 3D may rejoice, but they should also be very disappointed with Coppola regardless. He claims to have included only short sequences shot in 3D in his new horror flick because he finds the glasses to be a nuisance for the extent of a feature film. Yet it is impossible not to consider his stunt to be annoying in its own right. At the two moments 3D visuals kick in, a graphic of 3D specs pops up and fills the frame, telling us to find our own glasses and put them on. Obviously it’s executed in such a way as to take us out of the film experience before attempting to provide a heightened one. And these two scenes aren’t even that spectacular in any dimension.

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